Research Interests:I first came to SWFSC in 2006 as a volunteer in the genetics lab while I was obtaining my undergraduate degree in marine biology at Western Washington University. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work with both sea turtles and marine mammals on a variety of projects, both in the lab and out in the field. These include acoustics on the ORCAWALE 2008 and HICEAS 2010 cruises, an observer for the annual gray whale migration survey, I’ve worked on green turtle ecology, aerial observing/photogrammetry surveys, Antarctic killer whale morphometrics, and pinniped diet analysis. More recently my projects have been on vertical bow photography of delphinus, responding to strandings (which is my favorite thing, I love performing necropsies!), and assisting with managing the marine mammal and sea turtle genetics tissue/DNA collection. I also enjoy helping with the Out Reach program for kids. My primary interest is in the health side of things and I plan on going back to school. But for now, I am working jointly with both the Genetics lab and the Cetacean Heath and Life History group while I learn as much as I can doing a little of everything here at the center!